365 laser cut items in 365 days. I provide the files so you can make your own copies and if you don't have access to a laser then I sell most items too.
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Friday, 28 August 2015

LRP Safe Pipe Wrench

Things were a bit hectic last week before Vale so I don't appear to have any construction photos of this item but it's 5 layers of lasercut LD45. The nut was made by wrapping a detailed piece of foam around the bar. The whole thing was plasti dipped instead of latexed so it came out a bit harder than desired but it's not like I actually get into combat at these things anyway.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Large Stellated Dodecahedron Corner Test

Andy from Travelling Light Circus saw my stellated dodecahedron at Manchester Makefest and he decided that he wanted a much bigger one. So I got to work straight away proving that I could make a corner joint for a star that was 4 times bigger. I used a 3D model to figure out what the angles should be and I used button hex bolts to reduce the amount of tinkering members of the public could do to it.

I used a T-Slot joints to hold the stars onto the framework. One thing that has always bugged me about T-Slots is the way the nut can fall out of the slot, to overcome this issue I made the nuts captive with another piece of wood. The nut outer is glued into place in the T-Slot so there is no way the nut can fall out, particularly useful when the joints are going to be at all sorts of funny angles in the star.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Vale Resource Storage

This is the third iteration of resource storage for Vale LRP. This time round I built enough storage for all 4 types of material and added some extra space for coins and mana. The 4 large trays are specifically designed to hold each type of resource, each with 5 columns because there are 5 different resources of each type. They all sit on top of a tray which has a lip to hold them all together, also in the tray are 15 separate compartments which can be used to hold the different kinds of mana and coins (crystals) which are used in the game. 

I initially wanted to build them all into their own box and while I'm not ruling that out at the moment the box would need to be sturdy enough to have someone sitting on it and that's the part I'm worried about.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Card Sphere Sculpture

I was inspired by George Hart to make some kind of large sculpture that could be assembled at a maker faire maybe with half a dozen people helping to build it. I designed this one on a 3D model, it's made from 60 identical pieces that all interlock. The main issue is that it doesn't take photo easily. We went to Manchester Makefest and made one from corrugated card that was 5 times larger, it took most of the morning to assemble, we made a second one that was a mirror image but then we lost all the photos we took of it. If you were at Manchester Makefest and you happened to get a picture then we would love to see it, otherwise this is destined to remain a single dull post.

The sphere itself was pretty easy to build (even with a hangover), I'll happily share the file if people are interested. If I were to do it again I would try to find away to add another linkage between the parts, this whole thing feels a bit like a ball within a ball and it could do with a few more structs between the inner and outer sections. 
Due to requests I've now added files and pictures, I've included the PDF too because this thing could be cut with scalpel and scissors. (svg here, pdf here)
60 of these go into a full sphere

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Vale Maps

These were very handy at the weekend just gone. It's a map of the quarry we play Vale LRP in, we added named locations so that everybody looking at the map was talking about the same location. It was actually really handy and I'll be making some more of them in the near future.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Pendulum Test

This was a quick test piece I made for a pendulum. A project I'm working on requires an easy to assemble free swinging pendulum of a fixed length so I did away with the string and put a pin in as the pivot joint. It's pretty free swinging but I'm not sure if it's good enough yet.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Scale Mail gauntlet

A non laserable in preparation for an upcoming Vale Event. This Scale mail gauntlet is made up of 200 individual metal scales all weaved together with 400 smaller split rings. It's a pretty cool piece especially considering I had the bits floating around in the garage for several years now. Scale is definitely harder to make than chain but looks prettier.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Clarkcade Keyrings

After the cabinets came the keyrings, neither of these was the winning design but they're both pretty close. As I didn't take a photo I guess you'll have to see Simon at an event to find out what the final design looked like.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Don't forget your knifebed

Most laser cutters just come with a honeycomb bed, the honeycomb offers lots of support to the material you are cutting but numerous vertical slats offer lots of chances for bed reflections also if you cut right to the edge of the honeycomb you're cutting on sheet metal which can leave a sticky residue under your work.

All Sharks machines come with a honeycomb and a knifebed; the knifebed is usually stored under the honeycomb because lifting the honeycomb up prevents smoke from being trapped under it. While I was cutting some more Clarkcade gaming cabinets I realised that I should be using the knifebed instead of the honeycomb. It's perfectly suited for this kind of job where the panels are much bigger, All the shrapnel falls through the gaps allowing me to put the next sheet on without even cleaning up and the cuts were all much cleaner due to the reduced number of reflections.

6 new Clarkcade Cabinets ready for postage

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Mother of Pearl

Just Add Sharks gets a lot of new material requests, the result is usually the same, send us some material and we'll try it. So this weeks new material is Nacre, better known as Mother of Pearl. Like leather it makes quite a smell while cutting but I was able to get through 1.5mm relatively easily. I think it's going to be used for guitar inserts.